Just read this article and it doesn’t sound like a good deal for us American Tax Payers.
This sounds like a win for the USDA, the food industry and those growing the crops (likely to be primarily for Corn, Wheat, Soy, Cotton and Rice) and receiving …the subsidies. The USDA should not be promoting and subsidizing crops on one hand, and on the other, telling us what to eat in order to be “healthy”.
In 1980, the USDA Dietary Guidelines of Americans (DGA) stated “Eat Foods with adequate starch and fiber” When speaking about Dietary Fat it said “Avoid Too much fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol”. The same message was echoed in the 1985 DGA.
In 1990, things changed a bit and the recommendation for veggies turned into “Choose a diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits and grain products”. It appears that grain was now important to our diet. It also stated to “choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol” which is a reason for the low-fat craze that continues even today.
In 1995 the veggies statement changed yet again to include “choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables and fruits.” Grains now took a front-row to vegetables and fruit; this should be rather evident by looking around the grocery store. As for fat, it states “choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol”.
In 2000, they took it to a new level by declaring “choose a variety of grains daily, especially whole grains”. For fat intake they cautiously said “choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat”. The moderation in total fat mentioned of course being those “heart-healthy” vegetable oils we now use everywhere and overload our Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) ratio becoming pro-inflammatory.
The overall message: Whole grains this, whole grains that, low fat this, no cholesterol that. This trend of placing an emphasis on promoting agricultural products in the diet while placing the blame on dietary fats, or the people (lazy, eat too much, stupid) continues even today. The new USDA Dietary guidelines are supposed to be released in 2015, but only if we, the American people, let them.